Maynard police arrest suspect in string of home break-ins, recover stolen firearms

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MAYNARD — Following an intensive investigation, Maynard Police Department Chief Michael A.

Noble announced the arrest of a man linked to a series of residential burglaries and the recovery of multiple stolen firearms.

Joseph A. Encarnacion Jr., 39, of Lynn, faces numerous charges including three counts of breaking and entering during the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny of a firearm, and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Additionally, Encarnacion is charged with breaking into a depository, nine counts of receiving stolen property under $1,200, two counts of larceny of a credit card, improper use of a credit card under $1,200, identity fraud, two counts of larceny from a building, and three counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card.

The arrest came after a resident reported encountering a stranger, later identified as Encarnacion, in their apartment on Wednesday, March 27, at approximately 3:55 p.m. The suspect, who claimed to be a food delivery driver using a mobile app, fled the scene shortly after being confronted.

Throughout the evening and the following day, Maynard Police received reports from seven additional residents regarding break-ins and property thefts.

One of the victims reported the theft of three firearms.

Investigators quickly gathered video surveillance from the area, which led to a suspect vehicle and a detailed description of the perpetrator.

This breakthrough in the investigation allowed officers to track down and apprehend Encarnacion.

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